What Rafael Benitez wants off his Magpies is for them to use every bit of their playing potential to take the most out of the 18 points that’s left there for the taking as far as they are concerned.
As per Benitez, the pressure is both at the top as well as at the bottom of the table. If you are at the top, you are chasing the title, while, if you are at the bottom, you are chasing safety. So, there is a target in front of you either way and your supporters see that target as a success for you. But, in any situation, the players can just look to deliver their best and make sure they leave nothing in the tank. Having done that, they would have no regrets later on and the supporters would see that too and understand that.
After joining the job, Benitez has so far seen Newcastle just adding one more to their total of points. The first match he took the operations in his hand, it was against Leicester at Leicester and the Magpies lost there.
The next game at home, the Black Cats let them a draw with some lose play, but, it was back to losses again as they lost back to back against Norwich City and Southampton after that.
So, Benitez has not proved as talismanic as one might have imagined him to be with his heavy curriculum vitae.
Newcastle, however, is playing most of the matches at home now, four matches, to be exact, at home and only two away. So, that’s one shining light and that’s something that Benitez can draw a bit of positivity from.
It’s Swansea City which will be the visiting team at Upton Park this Saturday.